Arabian Nights: Volume I – The Restless One

Docufiction | PT, FR, DE, CH 2015 | 125' | Subtitled English

The theatrical event of the year for all adventurous cinephiles. Miguel Gomes tops his Berlin Film Festival success, TABU (2012), with a three-part, 381-minute epic that defies conventional classi-fication: feature film? documentary? film essay? Gomes creates a category of his own. Despite its title, this magnum opus is not an adaptation of the literary classic. However, Gomes’s film does use a structure similar to its namesake, and delivers a multitude of fictional, half-fictional, and real stories that illustrate the consequences of austerity policies in the director’s native country, Portugal. One episode, for instance, is about a cock, which first gets sued because it crows too early, and later ends up running as a candidate in a municipal election. Another episode tells the story of some Members of the European Parliament and their encounter with an African magician: he gives them lasting erections, which prompts them to soften their stance on spending cut targets for Portugal. Hard facts, however, are reflected in the accounts of shipyard workers who talk about the decline of the industry in their region. Political films have rarely been more imaginative, more playful, and more provocative than this one.

Director
Miguel Gomes
Script
Telmo Churro, Miguel Gomes, Mariana Ricardo
Producers
Sandro Aguilar, Thomas Ordonneau, Luís Urbano
Photography
Mário Castanheira, Sayombhu Mukdeeprom
Editors
Telmo Churro, Miguel Gomes, Pedro Marques
Sound
Vasco Pimentel, David Badalo, António Lopes, Miguel Martins
Costumes
Lucha d'Orey, Silvia Grabowski
Principal Cast
Crista Alfaiate, Adriano Luz, Américo Silva, Rogério Samora, Carloto Cotta, Maria Rueff, Fer-nanda Loureiro

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Selected filmography Miguel Gomes

A CARA QUE MERECES (2004), CÁNTICO DAS CRIATURAS (2006), AQUELE QUERIDO MÊS DE AGOSTO (2008), TABU (2012)